Survey: Broadband a key issue in congressional races

Nearly half of American voters say they'd be more likely to vote for their member of Congress if they supported investing in broadband improvements, according to the results of a Zogby International poll released today.

Zogby surveyed 4,143 likely voters earlier this month about a range of technology-oriented issues.

According to the results, 91 percent of the respondents believe that broadband access is somewhat or very important to their lives.

And 43 percent said a commitment to broadband investment in their regions would win their votes in upcoming congressional races. Still, 27 percent of those surveyed said it isn't a priority for their vote.

About 60 percent of voters said the federal government "should play an aggressive role through more direct funding and tax breaks" to help foster a faster Internet.

Meanwhile, 31 percent of the respondents said "the federal government should stay out of it and let the private sector drive the development."